Research assistant - ECS

Open Staff position at Learning Planet Institute Paris

Research assistant position in the European Citizen Science project (Part-time, 60%)

Overall description.

The European Citizen Science (ECS) is a new and exciting project which will increase the adoption of participatory and citizen science across Europe. This four years project is coordinated by the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in Berlin, with 21 organisations across the European Union. The Learning Planning Institute (LPI) in Paris is having a major role in the project - to provide the basis for training to scientists, early career researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in this important area. The LPI will establish the European Citizen Science Academy and will enhance the learning resources that are available on the EU-Citizen.Science platform (see https:\EU-Citizen.Science an https://moodle.eu-citizen.science/ The project will be managed at the LPI by Professor Muki Haklay, a team leader and a Professor at University College London. The research assistant will be involved in the tasks listed below and will have an opportunity to learn how to take part in a multi-country, large-scale European project. It will also provide an opportunity to learn and apply advanced learning and training techniques, and to contribute to the growth of citizen science across Europe. This part-time role (60%) will allow flexibility and might increase through additional funding that can be secured in relation to the project or in other activities at the LPI. For a suitable candidate, the project might provide an opportunity to study for a PhD.

Tasks

The research assistant will be involved in the following tasks during the project.

  • Assist in administrative aspects of different reports and information to the project coordinator, such as the periodic report which is required every half a year.
  • Maintain contact with the project management team in ECSA to ensure that timelines and project outputs (such as reports and training materials) are delivered on time and in the needed quality
  • Participate in regular meetings with project partners (21 organisations from across Europe)
  • Assist in creating and managing the European Citizen Science Academy - a virtual entity that will begin as a collaboration between LPI and the European Citizen Science Association and can grow to include other partners
  • Research and organise information about available training on citizen science, participatory science and related areas from across Europe, and then assist in analysing which areas are covered and which are not. This will build on available material that was collected in the EU-Citizen.science platform.
  • Develop contact list and a network (a community of practice) of citizen science trainers and educators from across Europe.
  • Assist in the design and delivery of co-creation workshops (face to face and hybrid) to develop new training opportunities that match emerging needs in the field.
  • Assist in the development of new training modules on the moodle.eu-citizen.science website, using established guidelines and instructions from the EU-Citizen.Science project (see https://zenodo.org/record/5820263). In many cases, this will include working with a partner organisation to turn their material or ideas into a short training module
  • Organise, promote and coordinate paid and unpaid training sessions on citizen science as continued professional development.
  • Organise, promote and coordinate training workshops with scientists at different stages of career development (PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, professional researchers and academics) in areas of participatory science
  • Assist in developing guides and roadmaps for the integration of citizen science in a range of European countries.
  • Develop outreach activities to reach under-represented groups and identify opportunities to increase their engagement with participatory science.
  • Additional activities will include participating in and organising events and a range of activities about citizen science, and identifying new opportunities to increase the visibility of citizen science in Paris, France, and Europe.

Skills and experience

The research assistant will be expected to have the following essential skills:

  • Postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant area, ideally with interdisciplinary experience
  • Excellent spoken and written English (excellent spoken and written French desirable)
  • Knowledge of developing training and teaching material
  • Knowledge of participatory and citizen science
  • Experience in organising events and training activities
  • Experience in teamwork
  • Experience in working in a research and academic environment
  • A high degree of computer literacy, in particular with content management systems, websites, and social media
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a large and diverse group
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Desirably, the applicant will have experience in designing and delivering training in the area of participatory science.

Start date and duration: The position is expected to start in September or October 2022. The position will last four years.

Location: Paris, France. Some remote work is possible but the position is based on the majority of in person work in Paris. The project will include some travel, mostly within Europe, for the purpose of delivering training and interacting with project partners.

Remuneration: The salary will be set according to the skills and experience of the applicants and will be based on the salary grid of the Université Paris Cité (pro-rata 60%, of a full-time equivalent).

How to apply: To apply, please send a CV, a cover letter, and an example of academic writing or training material. In addition, provide a personal statement which demonstrates knowledge and experience in the role (as outlined here). Send these documents to muki.haklay@cri-paris.org with the subject line “RA for ECS project”. Prof Haklay can be reached in case of queries about the position. The deadline for application is the 30th of June, and interviews will take place at the LPI on 8th July.